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Cloyes Adds Timing Chain Kits with VVT Actuators

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Cloyes Adds Timing Chain Kits with VVT Actuators

Cloyes Gear and Articles Inc. has released timing chain kits with variable valve timing (VVT) actuators for 3V Ford 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter applications.

The company says its timing chain VVT kits are a convenient solution when replacing all major components in a timing chain job. The Cloyes timing chain VVT kits are designed for the replacement of worn or damaged timing chains, tensioners, sprockets, guides, and VVT actuators, also known as cam phasers.

“VVT actuators are naturally part of the timing system and it only makes sense for Cloyes to offer high-quality, aftermarket VVT system components that work with our current timing system Article offerings,” says Jason Thompson, vice president of engineering and Article development for Cloyes.

“Our expertise in modern timing systems, combined with our manufacturing and quality standards, resulted in Cloyes developing VVT actuators that work as good as or better than OE units and will withstand abuse in the most demanding applications.”

Cloyes says it has developed a uniquely designed actuator that is superior to the OE Article. Testing against the OE actuator, the Cloyes units exhibited 20% less frictional drag and produced 10% more torque at the same oil pressure.

Cloyes says used OE actuators can hemorrhage oil to and from rotor chambers through worn rotor vanes that drag/seal along the stator ID. The Cloyes actuators use tightly toleranced, long duration rotor vanes that do not contact the stator, therefore eliminating the wear and drag of the OE and other aftermarket designed units.

“Repair is timely and can take close to 12 labor hours to complete on the 3V 5.4L Ford F-150,” says Cody Smith, technical support manager for Cloyes. “With our complete kit, as well as our continued focus on training and technical support, we are providing our customers with a solution to reduce comebacks and reduce the chance of having to do the time-consuming job a second time.”

The first two timing chain VVT kits from Cloyes provide coverage for nearly 5 million vehicles in operation. In 2019, Cloyes will complete the development of additional timing chain VVT kits for a wide range of popular applications in the North American market.

About Cloyes

Cloyes, based in Fort Smith, Ark., is a global designer, developer, manufacturer, and distributor of timing drive systems and components for the automotive aftermarket.

Cloyes serves a broad customer base, including wholesale distributors, national and local retailers, re-packagers, and Articleion engine rebuilders, and sells its Articles under the Cloyes brand worldwide and Dynagear and Cy-Lent brands in Mexico. To learn more, visit

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